Published: Sat, February 03, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Women wear red for heart health awareness

Women wear red for heart health awareness

Today, is National Wear Red Day to support the fight against heart disease by participating in American Heart Month.

The American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.

"When women have heart disease it might not be that typical, elephant sitting on the chest pressure that we hear often in men", explains Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital. She says this is personal for her. An exam of her heart showed she'd had two heart attacks before. While one in 31 women dies from breast cancer each year, heart disease is the cause for one out of every three deaths - about one death each minute.

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Southern Illinois Healthcare and the American Heart Association teamed up with the Furniture King to bring the red couch to the offices of Prairie Heart Institute Southern Illinois Healthcare. Why go red? Cardiovascular disease in the US kills approximately one woman every 80 seconds. "I ignored those signs and symptoms and I ended up putting myself in a bad place", she said. She says that she made healthy life choices and her stroke came as a surprise when the symptoms hit her fast.

Heart disease claims the lives of almost half a million women each year. Local spokesperson Kristy Smorol is determined to defeat the number one killer of women.

She knows this firsthand, as she celebrates the one year anniversary of her heart attack.

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You can control some risk factors such as blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol and lack of regular physical activity.

"When we see people who are trying to prevent the disease, it's very important", says Muthukumar.

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